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It came to my attention that University of Washington health centers are now prescribing HPV vaccine to men and their student health insurance covers HPV vaccine for men. I went about getting some more information and this is what I've found so far:

- UW very much does encourage men to get the vaccine and covers it as part of their student insurance policy:

- My health insurance (a fairly expensive PPO plan) does not explicitly cover it but I can request pre-authorization for it if my care provider deems it to be "medically necessary" (they explicitly cover all kinds of quack medicine if they deny this I'll scream bloody murder).

- My primary care provider was completely clueless. ~"We don't have it for men." I reasserted that the UW is prescribing it for men and asked them to double check.

Has anyone else looked into getting the HPV vaccine for men? Apparently if you're a college student at UW and have $105 and the voluntary illness insurance (or $405 without, but I can't afford that easily) it's trivial to get it but I haven't been able to find much info on it. I'll update if I get more info. Thank you in advance for informational links and personal experiences about HPV vaccine for men.

[ 12-11-2008, 07:18 PM: Message edited by: somewhatanonymous ]

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My understanding is that it still has not been approved for men, so I can't help but wonder if the wording on that page is about those who are transgender men?

Here's the latest I could find on the advancement of the vaccine for men at this time:

In short (and that's a very recent piece, the most recent I could find), studies have now shown the vaccine can benefit men and is safe for men, but it has yet to have FDA approval. If it has not been FDA approved, then any administration of the vaccine to you -- again, to my understanding -- would still be via some sort of study.

So, what I'd suggest -- especially since your PCP seems to have the same understanding of this I do -- is call into UW and ask them for more information about what they are offering.

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I have a friend who got it from his mom, who happens to be a doctor. She paid for it out of pocket, because she really believes it's a good idea for both men and women. So I do know of one guy who's gotten it, but under pretty special circumstances.

It's (to my knowledge) safe for men, but I think it's highly unlikely your insurance would cover it (hell, mine didn't cover it for me, and I'm a woman. I guess that can be added on to the list of "women-only" things that they don't cover, like yearly pap-smears... only once every two years for me...)

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